Prairie Post (West Edition)

Alberta government set to hike gasoline tax

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Alberta government to scrap its plans to hike gas taxes.

“Back in the spring, this government did the right thing when it scrapped its 13 cent-per-litre tax on gasoline and diesel and now it's doing the wrong thing by jacking it back up to 4.5 cents.” said Kris Sims, Alberta Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “The government's own calculatio­ns show this tax hike at the pumps will cost you more than $6 to fill up a pickup truck, that's the cost of a jug of milk.”

In April, the Kenney government scrapped its provincial excise tax on fuel, which was 13 cents per litre of gasoline and diesel.

The Alberta government announced it's raising gas taxes by 4.5 cents because oil prices have softened. It also plans to put the gas tax all the way back up to the full 13 cents-per-litre when the price of oil drops to $79.99 USD per barrel.

“The United Conservati­ve Party leadership candidates should all commit to scrapping this tone-deaf tax hike on Albertans,” said Sims. “Has the cost of living suddenly become more affordable? Has the price at the pumps plummeted? Nope! People are struggling to afford the basics with inflation at historic highs, interest rates jumping and gas taxes kicking us while we are down.”

The majority of UCP leadership candidates have signed the Canadians Taxpayers Federation pledge promising not to impose a provincial sales tax or raise taxes.

“The last thing Albertans need is a new PST or a tax hike,” said Kris Sims, Alberta Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “It's likely one of these candidates will be the next premier and now we have them on the record promising they will not impose a PST and they will not hike taxes.”

The pledge signings took place in Edmonton just before the candidates hit the stage for the UCP leadership debate.

The candidates who signed the pledge promising no PST and no tax hikes are: Leela Aheer, Brian Jean, Todd Loewen, Rebecca Schulz, Danielle Smith and Travis Toews

“These pledges pack a punch,” said Sims. “In the previous leadership race in 2017, candidates promised to scrap the provincial carbon tax within 100 days – and it happened.”

Alberta is the only province in Canada that does not have a PST, saving Albertans billions of dollars per year.

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